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NCPeds News Net -- December 2019

Tuesday, December 31, 2019  
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NCPeds News Net
December 2019


Celebrating NCPeds' Year

2019 was a great year for NCPeds, and we are thankful for the support of all of our partners, board members and members!

We appreciate all you do to keep NCPeds strong and look forward to a wonderful 2020!

As we look back on the year, we are humbled and proud of everything that we have been able to do with your support.

Advocacy efforts:

  • Secured a provider rate increase for primary care Medicaid services to be paid on parity with 2018 Medicare (roughly a 25% increase)
  • Supported an Executive Order leading to approximately 60,000 state employees being covered with paid family leave
  • Supported efforts with the Child Fatality Task Force to promote breastfeeding accommodations in the workplace, use of paid sick days to care for sick children, and paid family leave
  • Held a Spring Open Forum focused on Advocacy anda successful White Coat Wednesday with nearly 60 participants and dozens of legislative meetings

Continuing Education opportunities:

  • Offered 13.5 CMEs through signature events, including 2 CMEs designed to meet the NC Medical Board requirements on opioids
  • Offered 10 CEs at Practice Manager events
  • Developed a turn-key HPV MOC-IV for practices of 10 or fewer physicians, which meets new American Board of Pediatric requirements

Initiatives and Other Activities:

  • Through Fostering Health NC, promoted attachment of children and youth in foster care with medical homes, which resulted in a high level of key well-child visits and treatment for all age ranges which wereabout 10 percentage points higher for this vulnerable population than the HEDIS benchmarks and the general NC Medicaid population.
  • Supported more than $20 million in grant applications by pediatricians
  • Provided timely information to prepare for and respond to disasters




Register Today: Winter Open Forum

Join us Jan. 25 in Greenville forthe Winter Open Forum!

Speakers and topics will include:

  • Early childhood with Dr. Shaundreal Jamieson (ECU)
  • The U.S. Census with Whitney Tucker (NC Child)
  • New research in addressing vaccine hesitancy with Dr. David Hill (Goldsboro Pediatrics)
  • Hurricane preparedness with Dr. David Collier (ECU)
  • New Chief Medical Officer for Medicaid, Dr. Shannon Dowler
  • Physician Burn-out and Wellness with Dr. Toni Johnson (ECU), the Early Career Pediatric sponsored lunch topic

The agenda and registration information are included on the NCPeds website.


Meet NCPeds' Leaders
Nicki Groves, MD, FAAP
NCPeds Development & Finance Committee

2019 NCPeds Donations
Dec. 31 Deadline for 2019 Donations

When she moved to North Carolina from Minnesota in 2011, Nicki Groves was no stranger to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). She’d previously served as a board member and treasurer of the Minnesota Chapter of the AAP.

She joined NCPeds shortly after moving to North Carolina and began attending meetings. After encouragement by current NCPeds President Susan Mims, she is now a member of the NCPeds Development and Finance Committee.


“I am still finding my place in NCPeds. I didn’t train in this region, so I don’t have those NC residency connections that many of the NCPeds folks do,” she said.


She enjoys helping children and their parents learn about preventative medicine.


“I was drawn to pediatrics due to the preventative focus of this field. I would much rather help a child and their family learn how to prevent developing a chronic condition rather than have to treat it. I cherish developing long-term relationships with the parents and the kids, watching all of them grow and mature in their understanding of how to care for themselves and each other,” she said.


She attended Macalester College in Minnesota for her undergraduate studies and the University of Minnesota for her medical degree and residency.


Nicki lives in Black Mountain with her husband and twin daughters. She enjoys golfing, swimming and enjoying time outdoors in the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains.


Planning your end-of-year donations? Don't forget NCPeds!

Your donations help keep NCPeds strong and support our ongoing advocacy efforts on behalf of the North Carolina pediatric community.

Tax-deductible donations for 2019 are accepted through Dec. 31 via our website.


New Year's Resolutions for Kids
Starting the New Year Off in a Healthy Way

2020 is right around the corner, and everyone is thinking about their New Year's Resolutions. Even kids get into the spirit!

The American Academy of Pediatrics provides a list of age-appropriate healthy resolutions for kids at all stages of development.

Whether it's cleaning up toys for preschoolers, wearing a bike helmet for school-age kids or learning to handle stress as a teen, there are guidelines for helping every child set an attainable goal for the new year.

Check it out on the AAP website.


Dates to Remember


Mark your calendars for these upcoming NCPeds events.



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